Thousands temporarily without power in Maine as some communities see nearly 2 feet of snow

Posted March 13, 2014, at 9:23 a.m.
Last modified March 13, 2014, at 8:30 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Most of Maine woke up Thursday to cars and driveways buried in snow, which continued to fall throughout the day.

As of 8 a.m., Sherman and Eustis had seen the most snowfall at 16 inches, according to the National Weather Service, and forecasters expected totals to climb slowly as snow continued to fall.

“It’s going to continue snowing most of the day,” Paul Fitzsimmons, a forecaster at the weather service’s Caribou office, said Thursday morning. Snowfall was expected to taper off Thursday afternoon into evening.

As of 7 p.m., the storm had dumped roughly 20 inches of snow in Dyer Brook, Dexter, Lincoln, Presque Isle, Exeter, Millinocket Dover-Foxcroft, Topsfield, Rangeley, Carrabassett Valley, Dixfield, The Forks and Moscow, according to weather service public information statements issued by the Caribou and Gray offices.

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Much of the Down East, as well as Androscoggin, Cumberland and Knox, Lincoln, Waldo and Sagadahoc counties were spared the brunt of the storm, with snowfall totals ranging from less than an inch to a foot or less.

The heavy, wet snow left thousands of Emera Maine and Central Maine Power customers temporarily without electricity.

According to Emera Maine’s website, more than 3,400 customers were without power as of 12:30 p.m., while CMP reported more than 3,500 customers were without electricity.

Both utilities made steady progress progress toward restoring service throughout the day. By Thursday evening, fewer than 300 CMP customers were waiting for the lights to go back on and fewer than 90 Emera customers were without electricity.

Despite the weather, Bangor International Airport reported no cancellations of outbound flights, but Portland International Jetport had six canceled flights reported.

Forecasters expected the storm to wind down Thursday afternoon and into Thursday evening.

The University of Maine was closed for the day, along with all state offices in Aroostook County.

Bangor police also announced another parking ban in the downtown area from 11 p.m. Thursday through 6 a.m. Friday.

Residents will be allowed to park vehicles on the first levels of the Pickering Square and Columbia Street garages.

BDN reporter Dawn Gagnon contributed to this story.

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